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    Supreme Court Orders

    The Board of Bar Examiners has amended SCR Chapter 40, appendix, regarding character and fitness requirements to practice law.


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    Vol. 75, No. 10, October 2002

    Supreme Court Orders

    The Board of Bar Examiners has amended SCR Chapter 40, appendix, regarding character and fitness requirements to practice law.

    Order

    SCR 40.11 having provided for rule-making authority by the Board of Bar Examiners that is consistent with Chapter 40 of the Supreme Court Rules, and the Board of Bar Examiners having conducted a public hearing on June 20, 2002, after appropriate notice, the following regulations under Chapter 40 of the Supreme Court Rules are amended or created as follows:

    SCR Chapter 40 Appendix

    REQUIREMENT AS TO CHARACTER AND FITNESS
    TO PRACTICE LAW

    Create BA 6.04:

    The Board shall notify an applicant in writing that it intends to deny his or her application for admission. The notice shall state the reasons for the intended denial and provide an opportunity to request a hearing before the Board. At the time of notice, the Board shall provide the applicant with a copy of the complete packet of information it used in arriving at its decision.

    Renumber BA 6.04 5

    Diploma Privilege. An applicant for admission under diploma privilege shall file an application for a character and fitness certification with the Board. The Board shall establish that the applicant has the qualities of character and fitness needed to practice law and, following certification from the dean of competence under SCR 40.03, shall certify to the Supreme Court the qualifying applicants for admission.

    Renumber BS6.05 6

    The Board authorizes its staff to close any application for a character and fitness certification that remains incomplete one year following the date the application was filed with the Board.

    These rules shall become effective Aug. 22, 2002.

    Dated at Marinette, Wis., this 28th day of August 2002.

    By the Board of Bar Examiners:

    Mary L. Staudenmaier, Chairperson




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